Category Archives: Good Deeds

The Charms of Charity

BrightStar Credit Union is happy to help the community with a brand new contest

 photo shutterstock_169952327_zpsb95114b9.jpgWho doesn’t love a good charity? Whether it’s making a child’s wish come true or helping someone who lives in poverty, charities have a way of making the world a better place. You may be someone that donates on a weekly basis or maybe you have always thought about donating but it always slips your mind. Whatever the case may be, donations to any organization have benefits that are not only physical, but emotional as well.

Most of us can agree that donating money, time or property would make even the scroogiest person feel good. But there are more benefits than just making yourself feel better.

1.Show your appreciation

Maybe you went through some hard times and there was a food bank that was always there when you needed help. Donating time, money or food is an excellent way to show your gratitude toward them. Another way to show your appreciation is to make a donation under the name of a lost loved one. It’s a great way to honor them and their beliefs. Just choose an organization that meant a lot to them and give what you can. Any donation will show your appreciation and give back to the community.

2. Stay informed about social injustices

A social injustice is something that is happening in society that is unfair. For example, maybe you heard of the KONY 2012 campaign sponsored by Invisible Children. It is a viral video that taught the world about Joseph Kony, a war criminal that kidnaps children in Africa to make them apart of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The children are often forced to kill their family with “blunt tools” and girls are abducted to become sex slaves. It’s a very horrific topic but still something the world should know about. Well, that campaign raised more than $15,000,000 back in 2012 and is still fundraising today. By donating to Invisible Children or any other organization, you can stay up-to-date with social issues that are important to you.

3. Simple as Paying It Forward

Imagine you’re in line at the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru, waiting to pay for your medium coffee and an egg and cheese bagel. When you pull up to the window (with your BrightStar Credit Union debit card of course) the worker tells you your breakfast has been paid for. It turns out the person in the car in front of you paid for your meal. This is known as Pay It Forward. If someone did a random act of kindness for you, all you have to do is Pay It Forward by doing an act of kindness for a stranger. This could be anything from complimenting a stranger to packing a lunch for a homeless person. It doesn’t have to be anything big, just something that will make your community a better place.

4. Tax-deductible donations

A tax-deductible donation is simply an item or expense you donated to a qualified tax-exempt organization. You then subtract your donation from your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) to lower the amount of taxes you pay. These donations will actually help you because tax laws let you claim a deduction for most of the cash or items you donate as long as the value is more than $250.

5. Clean the clutter

Do you have a garage that is filled with old furniture, like couches, TV’s and dining room tables? Spring cleaning may have already passed but you can get rid of the furniture and donate it to organizations like Goodwill. It offers limited at-home pickup in certain areas for large, gently-used items.

6. Make new friends

If you’re new to the area and don’t have many friends or just interested in meeting a new group, volunteering is a great way to meet people. South Florida offers tons of opportunities to help your community, like becoming a Literacy Ambassador to help at-risk children enjoy reading or helping out at a charity dog wash to support the South Florida Siberian Husky Rescue. Wherever you decide to volunteer, you’re sure to meet new people and maybe even find a new hobby.

Now it’s time for the fun stuff! BrightStar Credit Union wants to help you help your community. Keep checking the BrightStar Credit Union Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates on an exciting contest coming up that could help out your favorite charity.

 

 

 

 

 

Toy Drive! We’re Collecting Toys at Our Branch Locations.

holiday-toy-drivelargerHelp Spread a Little Holiday Cheer! BrightStar Credit Union is holding our Annual Holiday Toy Drive. The toy drive is a great way for members and BrightStar employees to help make a difference. We have partnered with Family Central Inc. on this project.

We’ve placed a Toy Drive drop box in each BrightStar location for you to make toy donations. NEW unwrapped toys are needed for ages infancy to 17 years. Please click here to view a list of suggested items. The deadline to drop off toys at BrightStar is Monday, December 16, 2013. Gift cards and movie passes are also welcome.

Help spread the word about the Toy Drive so we can collect as many toys as possible for needy kids. Even small donations can go a long way. We are still collecting donations for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

Have a wonderful Holiday Season, and thank you for your support.

BrightStar Credit Union raises $21K to help SuperStorm Sandy victims

Red-Cross-Check-Final Based in Sunrise, and one of the largest credit unions in south Florida with 50,000 members, BrightStar raised a total of $21,133 for the American Red Cross to assist in the Hurricane Sandy Relief effort. BrightStar collected a total of $11,133 from members and employees through their six locations in Broward County. BrightStar then matched that amount up to $10,000 for a grand total of $21,133. A financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need.

Thank You for Your Generosity!

  BrightStar’s annual Holiday Toy Drive was a success, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of members & employees. All donations were delivered to Family Central Inc. of Broward County. Together we’ve made a difference, bringing joy to many local children who otherwise might not have received a gift during the Holiday Season.

 We’ve uploaded some photos of the collected toys on our Facebook Page.

 BrightStar Credit Union wishes you and your family a happy & healthy holiday!

Toy Drive! We’re Collecting Toys at Our Branch Locations

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BrightStar CU is having a toy drive now through December 12, 2011.

Help Spread a Little Holiday Cheer! BrightStar Credit Union is holding our Annual Holiday Toy Drive.  The toy drive is a great way for members and BrightStar employees to help make a difference.  We have partnered with Family Central Inc. on this project.

We’ve placed a Toy Drive drop box in each BrightStar location for you to make toy donations.  NEW unwrapped toys are needed for ages infancy to 17 years.  Please click here to view a list of suggested items.  The deadline to drop off toys at BrightStar is Monday, December 12, 2011.  Gift cards and movie passes are also welcome.

Help spread the word about the Toy Drive so we can collect as many toys as possible for needy kids.  Even small donations can go a long way.  Have a wonderful Holiday Season, and thank you for your support.

The Green Team’s Eco-Hero of the Month!

The Broward Schools education technology services department has created a Green Team to implement green strategies. The Green Team also honors an Eco-Hero of the Month. BrightStar has partnered with the Green Team, and we’re proud to Congratulate Teresa M., September’s Eco-Hero of the Month!  Among her many green accomplishments, Teresa has been instrumental in virtualizing over 150 Broward Schools servers, which has saved the District thousands of dollars in energy costs. Congratulations, Theresa. Job well done!

BrightStar Awards Four Schools $100 for their Environmental Projects!

 

 

Broward Schools’ Education Technology Services department and BECON TV recently partnered to hold a competition for school Environmental Clubs so that schools could share how their “Acts of Green” have contributed to saving our planet.

 Winners of the Acts of Green Video Competition were recognized at a recent School Board Meeting, and their videos were shared on BECON TV. BrightStar Credit Union provided a $100 donation for each of the four winning Environmental Clubs! (Can you say Pizza Party???)

 Congrats to all of the winners: Indian Trace Elementary, Sawgrass Springs Middle, Pompano Beach High and Coral Springs High School Community Adult Resource Education Program (CARE).  To see all the videos submitted, go to:  https://becon223.eduvision.tv/ and choose the “Acts of Green” Channel.

Random Good Deed and Small Business Profile: “Don’t Get Mad, Get PCBrad”

 

It’s time for another random Good Deed performed by BrightStar Credit Union staff. This time we’re recognizing one of our local small business members, PCBrad.  Our Hollywood Branch staff decided to offer PCBrad a little free recognition on our blog—plus they gave PCBrad a free subscription to Inc. Magazine.  Cool, huh?

 Did you know that BrightStar offers small business accounts? Yep. We do. Read more about that on our business site, www.bscu.org/business.

 Here’s our profile of PCBrad:

 www.PCBrad.com

Brad@PCBrad.com

954 LUV-BRAD (588-2723)

PCBrad offers on-site computer services including Virus Removal, Pop Ups, Networking, Data recovery and Transfer. His onsite services are reasonably priced and he guarantees customer satisfaction. Brad welcomes his customers to look over his shoulder when he is working. Brad takes pride in his work, and enjoys explaining what he is doing to fix computer problems. He also offers computer instruction through an instructor at his facility, who can help folks with various personal or business computer training.

 Good luck with your business PCBrad, and thank you for your membership. We hope you enjoy your free magazine subscription.